FUNDING to convert the old Brannigans Bar into a community hub is to be announced shortly, a local councillor says.
Fianna Fail city east councillor Kieran O’Hanlon says he understands funding is to be announced for the Garryowen Community Development project.
The move will see Brannigan’s Pub - which was burnt out in 2005 - refurbished and reopened.
Limerick City Council has applied for funding to refit the bar, and it is anticipated around €250,000 will be made available for the project.
Repainting work has already commenced on the outside of the building.
“The bar has a sad history. It was burnt and gutted and was in a poor state of repair, almost dangerous. But I am welcoming the announcement, which I understand is due soon,” Cllr O’Hanlon said.
The community centre may not be ready for occupation until the early part of next year, because the inside remains uninhabitable.
“The inside is still in a terrible state of repair. I would hope when funding becomes available that work would start in the summer. And by early next year the committee would be moving into there,” Cllr O’Hanlon confirmed.
He stressed the move to Brannigan’s will only be a temporary arrangement, with the hope that a purpose -build facility will open in the middle of Garryowen. This he said could accommodate both the community, and elected representatives.
Garryowen is one of the few parts of the city without a community centre.